Way back in November (which makes me feel like a terribly slack person), the lovely Kirsten from Sustainable Suburbia asked me if I would be interested in previewing her new book, and maybe writing a little post about it. The idea was that this post would be published around about the time the book was released.
Fast forward two months, and I’m finally getting around to it. Not because I didn’t like the book, or because I didn’t want to write the post, but because for me, any great change to my lifestyle takes a little bit of thinking about. And I didn’t want to be a person who wrote a post and then not lived up to what I said.
So I’ve taken my time, and I think that’s ok. It’s given me the mental space to process some of the things I’ve read, and put them into place.
So what is the book about?
Well if you’ve checked out Kirsten’s blog at all (which you probably should), you would know that she is passionate about sustainable living; basically changing the way we think and act in order to make things better for not just the environment, but also ourselves. The book, ‘Less Toxic Living’ is an extension of this idea, with chapters written from various authors. It’s not the sort of book you can sit down and read cover to cover. Well I can’t anyway. There is a lot of information presented and a lot of suggestions that require being thought about. But having said that, it kept my interest enough to want to read until my brain was full.
Which may not actually take that long 😉
Now because there is a lot of information, and there are sooooo many things that we could all be doing better for our health and the environment, at times it can feel overwhelming. And speaking honestly, as someone who really does love a lot of the ways that modern society simplifies my life, I’ll admit, in places I found it quite confronting.
What I did love though, was that the attitude throughout the book, and also Kirsten’s blog, is not one that says you should, and must change everything right now, but rather that every small change you make, makes a difference. And that kind of attitude is one I can roll with.
There are so many easy changes too that they suggest; really simple things like putting a plant in you home. I’ve heard before about the benefits of it, but the book really brought that message home for me, and so now I have this little pot of sunshine in my living room. I plan on adding more slowly, but for now, this is a great, easy place to start.
Another small change I’ve begun to incorporate is homemade cleaning products. I thought that might be hard to start, and honestly, it probably would have taken me a good push, until I ran out of bathroom spray the other week, and had to improvise. Thankfully I had everything I needed to make my own in my kitchen, and so I did. I filled up my little spray bottle, and then Bridie (who loves cleaning the bathroom oddly enough, and is brilliant at it), took it and off she went. Not only did it work just as well as my previous cleaner, but I felt better knowing that it wasn’t effecting my seven-year old, and it wouldn’t be too much of a drama if she sprayed too much.
There have been other things that I’m yet to try, but I’ve definitely begun thinking about. I’ve got an awareness now about how certain chemicals and products actually negatively impact not only the world at large, but also my own body. I’m quite amazed at how some of the things on our supermarket shelves, and in my kitchen cupboards, are really quite toxic and should be avoided.
I also feel that now I actually have resources that are going to help me avoid them, which is, I guess the whole point of Less Toxic Living. It’s definitely worth checking out, particularly as the electronic version will cost you nothing to read, but has the potential to give you so much.
Less Toxic Living by Kirsten McCulloch (and others.) Definitely worth a read. 🙂
Disclosure: I received a free PDF copy of Less Toxic living, and Kirsten asked me if I would mind reading it. I did it because I love what she brings to the blogosphere, and was genuinely interested. All opinions are completely my own.